Woody Allen’s projects are always chock-full of in-demand actors and his latest is no exception. Today Allen released the full cast for his next project, “The Bop Decameron.” It’s a doozy. Starring in alphabetical order are: Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. Co-stars include Antonio Albanese, Fabio Armiliata, Alessandra Mastronardi, Ornella Muti, Flavio Parenti, Alison Pill, Riccardo Scamarcio and Alessandro Tiberi.
The biggest surprise here is Allen himself. This marks Allen’s first time in front of his own lens in five years (he last played opposite Scarlett Johansson and Hugh Jackman in 2006’s “Scoop”). His latest, “Midnight in Paris,” proved to be a hit with critics and audiences (it’s on its way to very potentially becoming Allen’s highest grossing film since 1986’s “Hannah and Her Sisters”). But in it, Owen Wilson plays the “Woody archetype.” It remains to be seen whether Allen’s presence in “The Bop Decameron” will fulfill that requisite role, or whether someone else in the cast (Eisenberg seems the likeliest bet) will fill those shoes.
Also important to note: Keeping in line with his recent European shoots (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “Match Point,” “Midnight in Paris” to name a few), “The Bop Decameron” will be shot entirely in Rome. It marks Allen’s first time shooting in the Italian capital.
Production begins on July 11.